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Cabaye disciplined for refusing to play

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed the midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been disciplined by the club for refusing to play against Manchester City in the opening game of the Premier League season, the Independent understands.

The France international said that he was not in the right frame of mind to play at the Etihad Stadium last month, after being the subject of a £10m bid from Arsenal in the lead up to the match.

The Gunners offer was rejected out of hand by Newcastle, and Cabaye made his first appearance of the season in the 1-0 win over Fulham two weeks later, to a mixed reaction from Magpies fans.

Pardew believes the matter is now closed, and has called for supporters to get behind the player following his apology.

The former Lille man is set for feature in Saturday afternoons clash with Hull City where Newcastle will be hoping for three points that will see them move, if only momentarily, into the top four.

Thu 19 September, 2013
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